Today I received the PT I was expecting! When I first got there, the SGTs did something called a “shark attack”. Basically they gave me a mock-up of what the experience would be like getting off of the bus for the first time at basic training. The SGTs were yelling in your face and telling you to get down and do push-ups, low crawls, and crab walks. I fell into formation and a SGT came around and asked most of us our seven Army values. Being smart, I memorized them the day before knowing that I would have to know them by the end of the day. I was one of the only ones who got them all right and didn’t have to get down and do push-ups. That made me feel good!
Next, I did circuit training PT where there were about twelve stations spread out throughout the hallways and drill floor of the armory. Each station was a different exercise. After each time the whistle blew, I ran to the next station to complete the next exercise. When in between exercises I had to jog in place and keep moving the whole time. This was definitely a phenomenal workout. It was very tiring. After a final whistle blew, the whole company gathered on the drill floor and ran laps yelling and getting pumped up. HOOAH! That was definitely a cool experience. After PT I got a nice shower that was surely needed.
The rest of the day was classroom activities based more on suicide prevention, sexual harassment, and my favorite taught by Sgt. Jimenez, resilience. For chow, (lunch or dinner) I had Quiznos that was brought in. As a soldier, they feed you very well! After that was more classwork. Our class got smoked (getting down and doing push-ups and other exercises) badly because one of the recruits didn’t have the materials he was asked to have on him at all times. I can feel like that is going to be old news during basic training.
That was pretty much my whole second day of Red Phase RSD. There are three phases of RSD: red, white, and blue, respectively. Next month I will be on to white phase.
I am really enjoying myself being involved with something that is way bigger than myself. I am determined to work hard and be the best soldier that I can be.